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and c-span.org. >> teamsters president james hoffa says labor is under attack and the 2012 presidential election will decide the fate of workforce and social issues. from the national press club in washington, d.c., this is one hour. >> thank you, madam chair is an. it's a great pleasure to be here at the press club at this auspicious time. there's so much going on in our country right now and it's a great pleasure to be a with so many friends and so may people from the media and to talk about what the issues are today. first of all i want to talk about the teamsters union a little bit, and talk about the fact that, you know, as madam president said come i was elected in march of 1999. we're very proud of what we've done in the teamsters union. we've taken this union from the union that was bankrupt, falling apart literally, and made it is what it is today. when we took over, this union was a union where sister -- local against local, joint council against joint council. there was chaos and we came in and reached out and reached out to the people that opposed us to say, enough, we canno
that included the transition from hoffa to bashar. our fearless prediction at the time because i got to know bashar before his father died, we had a series of one-on-ones which we conducted in arabic not because my arabic is perfect, but it was better than his english even though he studied op that moll in the u.k -- opt moll in the u.k., that's all he did. he went to classes, he studied his lectures, he read his textbooks, he in no way entered into british social life. his english has since become quite good, i think it is surging. but bashar is like his father except worse; less flexible, more doctrineaire, less agile and aware that he doesn't have his father's support. so i think this is going to be a fight to the finish. no happy villa for bashar in junta. i would like to be wrong on that. but even if there is, we've already seen the signs of it. just like what happened in my friend chris and his colleagues, the arab spring bears bitter fruit. and nowhere, i am afraid, could it be more bitter than in syria where we're already seeing the signs of sectarian divisions, tensions and hatred s
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